Hamilton police are investigating three armed robberies that took place over the weekend.
Around midnight on Saturday, a woman was leaving her workplace in Eastgate Square when two men approached her. According to police, one of the assailants drew a gun and demanded she hand over her purse. The 28-year-old victim complied, and then the men fled the scene.
Her bag contained cash, identification and makeup.
Police provided the following descriptions of the suspects:
- Suspect 1 — An aboriginal man, five foot nine inches tall, wearing a red hooded sweater and dark jeans, with a red bandanna over his face.
- Suspect 2 — A white man, five foot six inches tall, wearing a black hooded sweater and dark jeans.
Police are also looking into two knifepoint robberies that occurred downtown on Sunday night.
At around 10:30 p.m., a man with a scarf over his face entered a store near the intersection of Main Street East and Wellington Street South, pulled out a knife and demanded money from the till.
The employee cooperated, handing over cash in a grey plastic bag. After collecting the money, the suspect fled the store on foot, heading west on Main Street.
The victim was not injured.
The suspect is described as white with a medium build, wearing a dark hoodie and a beige wool scarf with flecks of colour in it.
About three hours later, a man approached the front door of a gas station located near the intersection of Main Street East and Walnut, only a few blocks west of where the earlier knifepoint robbery had taken place.
After he was buzzed into the store, the suspect put a piece of cloth over his face and pulled out a knife, threatening to kill the gas station attendant if he didn't hand over cash from the register.
The employee cooperated, and then the suspect fled the scene before police could arrive.
Police said the suspect is a white male with brown hair and a medium build, wearing black shoes, black pants and a dark coloured jacket.
Police spokesperson Debbie McGreal-Dinning said on Monday morning that investigators had not confirmed whether the two incidents are related, but noted "it's probably not something to rule out."